Closing Past Renew Our Future

Our dearest Indonesian Canadian Community

God willing we will have our Annual General Meeting 2014 on March 9, 2014 which should be exciting and happy time. Not only we will meet, we will greet, we will have fun, we will have good food from our family kitchen, but also at this time we will elect new board of directors and executives to lead us into the future.

We choose “Better Community Empowerment through Youth and Wisdom” as a theme and message for AGM 2014. Youth in the meaning of keep learning, keep finding a better way to grow community asset and potential while at the same time exercise knowledge and wisdom to ensure no community member felt behind as we have same ICC goals and objectives.

It is probably elections fever 2014 but it comes to our attention that there is concern within the community regarding one event back in 2010. The event was the first ICC Indonesian Night event with Asian Heritage Month Society Ottawa. The question is what happened to the-proceed from the bazaar and ticket sale from the May 21 2010 evening at Brookfield High School (BHS) Ottawa event.

First, the 2010 event report was actually created by Event Organizer right after the event completed. It was resulting in proceed of $654 from bazaar and ticket sold after vendor were paid. This money was split 60% ICC ($392.40) and 40% ($261.60) BHS according to agreement between ICC and BHS. Then there was ICC expenses that were paid at that night for paying custodian, transportation and accommodation for BHS employee and students performers in the amount of $120. The rest of $172.40 in form of cash and $100 in form of cheque were left in the money box. It was unfortunate that being very late at night, everyone was very tired after the event and they all wanted to go home quickly, this box contain the money was misplaced. The box was initially thought to be brought home by the Hendarna’s family. Later it was found that the box that were brought home was not the right box. In addition it was reported that Derry Hendarna’s Apple IPOD that was borrowed by ICC for the BHS event was lost, so we can imagine the confusion for the Hendarna’s family was in that evening.

Second, we, as the ICC executives, were quite surprised since this issue happened quite some time ago and it also had been brought to the attention of the ICC executives at that time led by Gita Nurlaila as president and Yvon Valade as Treasurer. After Indonesian Night 2011 event, as part of post event review, the 2010 BHS financial was discussed and examined. There were other expenses such as food pizza order during practice and miscellaneous which were paid first by Ibu Gita and Ibu Retty prior to the events. All this balance and expenses were compiled in May 2011 and considered to be completed at that time. ICC actually still owes the Hendarna’s as the lost IPOD was never replaced and with the Hendarna’s generosity they are not asking anymore.

So if there was to be a mistake, it was perhaps an ICC administrative error that the consolidation was not reported to community at large in detail so some members especially who were involved in that event just heard “the box money was lost at Hendarna’s garage”. In this regard, on behalf of executives both under Gita Nurlaila and Sanda Uttama, we ask for apology to all our community members. This was not intentional, we were and are still learning how to do better organization governance. And hopefully this can be a good lesson for next ICC board member and executives to come.

We would also like to point out that we are volunteer based organization, no one is getting paid for anything. Everyone provided a lot of their efforts: their time, energy and money to make all our events successful. All our events had been collective community efforts where everyone involved helps out and pitches in, including the Hendarna’s family, which was actually one of the key members of ICC that got out of their ways in getting a lot of sponsorships and volunteer a lot of their effort and time. They are still great supporter of ICC today and for that we thank you and should give them their deserved gratitude.

This join statement will be placed in ICC website as record of decision to close the matter. Let’s continue to empower better community with new refresh idea and wisdom governance for our son and daughter. Together we can.

Ottawa, 8 March 2014

Sanda Uttama, Gita Nurlaila, Yvon Valade

Annual General Meeting 2014 – Youth and Wisdom

Time goes by and the Indonesian Canadian Congress (ICC) is 9 years old since it was established in 2005. This year the ICC will hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 9, 2014, starting at 12 pm at the Jim Durrell Recreation Center in Ottawa. In line with our vision to make a better future for our younger generations our AGM theme is “A Better Community Empowerment through Youth and Wisdom”. We have prepared the slew of programs below.

One of big event during this year AGM is election of new executives and board members. We are hoping for more of new faces with refresh and new idea. While at the same time lead and direct with wisdom and 9 years’ strong experience in community organization. We had up and down during our journey but our objective is clear to better empower the Indonesian Community in Ottawa with continuing active and positive of regeneration. The Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian Election committee will also present to socialize upcoming big Indonesian election and bring the latest information from Indonesia.

Thousands of islands and thousands of ethnicity build “The Jewel of Equator” called Indonesia. They also bring famous and diverse Indonesian culinary that always please the food critics. During this occasion we will have two top Indonesian culinary icon dishes “Rawon” the famous black soup and “Nasi Tumpeng”.

The RAWON is one of the most popular dish in East Java with black nuts as the main spices. It is mixed with the beef to make great soup to eat with rice and several condiments including “sambal oelek”, the well-known of Indonesia’s hot sauce.

The “CORNUCOPIA RICE” or “NASI TUMPENG” is another well-known dish, especially serve during anniversary or event celebration. The rice is shaped like a mountain and is surrounded by assorted Indonesian dishes into a complex and artistically decorated displays. Each ingredient past of “Nasi Tumpeng” has philosophical meanings: yellow rice that spice-up with turmeric, lemon grass and coconut milk is a symbol of a glory. The chicken dish is a symbol of hard work without being greedy. The egg dish has a meaning of completeness in the circle of life while dried anchovy dish is meant for togetherness. These Two main dishes will mark the celebration of the 9th AGM of ICC. Off course there will be many other dishes from many regions in Indonesia which will be presented in a mini bazaar.

In addition there will be an exhibition of Indonesian’s handicrafts as sculptures, masks, accessories, and Batik’s Ware. Just a taste of batik during this event ICC will present few of those in BATIK FASHION SHOW. Other traditional performances including traditional dance and a performance with musical instrument “ANGKLUNG” from West Java. The Angklung is a musical instrument made from of bamboo which was also designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 18, 2010. The Angklung will be performed by Indonesian Canadian Angklung Society (ICAS) group.
We hope series of program of this half day family friendly event will bring joy and fun while helping ICC grows and able to be self-independent. Proceed from mini bazaar and silent auction as well as voluntary donation will be used to fund future ICC activities. And it is “From US to US for Better Community Empowerment through Youth and Wisdom”.

Invitation to join ICC in donation to Philippine Aid

Dear Friend and Family

I hope everyone is doing well and in good health.

As you are aware recent powerful  Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands Filipinos dead while millions of them  homeless. The latest number shows up to 1.5 millions left homeless. In support of the people of Philippine, Indonesia neighboring country Asean,  ICC is inviting all of Indonesian Community friends and family everywhere to help the relief effort to the disaster area,

ICC has contacted Philippines Community Organization in Ottawa to find out the best way to donate to the cause. They recommend to donate money not good for helping the relief.

In this effort ICC will kick-start the donation for $500 and hoping to add more with the help for all our friend here in Ottawa/Gatineau areas and Canada in general.

We hope to send our donation on 1 December 2013

Please contact  any ICC boards or executives to send your donation  or find more information through email

Thank you for your time








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